Does running make FM worse? If so, to what degree?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by DiamondD, Feb 12, 2003.

  1. DiamondD

    DiamondD New Member

    I'm in the military and we have to pass a physical fitness test twice a year. I can either run or swim. Since I have a fear of deep water and have failed many attempts to learn to swim, I am stuck with running. If running is going to have severe long-term effects, then maybe it isn't worth it. I would like to stay in another 3 years and retire, but I don't know if I can cope with the pain I get for days after running. I've never been a good runner and I have grown to loathe running because of this. Are the effects mild enough to force myself through it or am I causing irreversible damage by continuing to run and not take a stand against it? Docs tell me running is bad, then say I have to anyway.